How to Make a Ginger Bug/Natural Soda Starter

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I'll be posting recipes that incorporate the use of this bug including, ginger beer, lacto-fermented sodas, honey wine, and bread.

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A note on sugar: If you are using plain white sugar, you should add a dollop of blackstrap molasses once in a while to beef up the nutrients in order to help the bug grow.

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Ingredients

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Cut a one inch section off your ginger root and measure a tablespoon of sugar.

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Grate or mince your ginger.

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Add to your water and stir.

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Cover your bug with a cloth and rubber band. Leave on your counter, or anywhere that's room temperature.

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Make sure you stir your bug twice a day.

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Add a teaspoon each of ginger and sugar daily and stir.

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When your bug starts to bubble without stirring, it's ready. It usually takes three days but can take longer if your home runs a little cold during winter.

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If you're not using it right away, cap it and put it in the refrigerator. Take it out two days before you plan to use it.

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Before use if stored in the fridge, add some sugar and ginger a few days before use.

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This bug will last indefinitely. I find that once it gets about 1/3 full of ginger, I don't have to use as much of it. As long as it's bubbly you know it's active. It should smell gingery not foul.

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